Linda Knoll is an illustrator and painter native to the Modesto area. She earned a BFA  in graphic design in 1985, working in that career for over 20 years. She earned a teaching credential and started teaching in 2003 as a library media teacher, then as an art teacher. She loves to share her picture books, Over in the Valley and Patient for Pumpkins along with lessons in drawing and watercolor painting while integrating subjects about the Valley region, including its animals, habitats and agriculture. Linda is also the coordinator of the CLASS program and can be reached at

Susan Rossmann is a native of Modesto and paints plein-air landscapes and still-life from the garden with watercolor and oils. She believes introducing art and artists of all cultures and styles opens a window to the world for young children. Susan’s Modern Masters and Round the World Themed lessons focus on the elements of art and painting techniques. Susan attended MJC and holds a BFA in painting from San Jose State University.

Marjory Hernandez has an appreciation for all forms of art. She loves giving children the opportunity to explore the materials, processes, and history of art. She loves inspiring students to discover they can draw, paint, dream, and create! When she is away from the classroom Marjory enjoys the detail in creating functional objects. The texture, weight, and movement in garments and pottery are what she finds most interesting. She also teaches ballet and offers a class that integrates dance movement and painting.

Susan Kelleher is a ceramic artist, originally from the bay area, currently residing in Sonora. She travels to Modesto to teach classes and inspire students with her whimsical sculpture. She also is a floral designer specializing in weddings and celebrations, among other talents.

Jamie Hedstrom is an artist and educator living and working in Modesto, California. She specializes in observational drawing, conceptual photography and is particularly fond of abstract expressionism. She is a lifelong learner who is always expanding her knowledge of art and art history and enjoys sharing this passion in her classes.

Xavier Cisneros was born and raised in Modesto, California, and has been drawing and painting since the age of seven. After graduating high school, he followed his passion for art and attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, earning a BFA in illustration. Though he works in both illustration and fine art, his current work is oil painting.

April Gutierrez is a self taught artist, and loves to work on costumes and prosthetics.

Jennifer Flores is currently pursuing an AA in Fine Art at Merced College. As a mother of five, she has volunteered in numerous classrooms and organizations, working with kids of all ages.

Debra Caine is a professional photographer, as well as holding a degree in Art History from CSU Fresno. Her experience in the classroom includes volunteering for her kids’ and substitute teaching.

Betty Gay holds a BFA in Art and Design from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and works as a graphic designer in addition to teaching art. She enjoys exploring students’ creativity.

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